LG’s first wearable arrives May, delivers more than just a dose of fitness

LG’s first go at a wearable computer is on its way to Australia, and it’s not a watch. No, the company will instead be encouraging you to get off your proverbial and walk around a bit, as the fitness movement starts up for LG.

The first bit of wearable tech on the way from the company will be the Lifeband, LG’s wrist-band that incorporates a three-axis accelerometer and an altimeter, as well as a monochrome OLED touchscreen to let you not just monitor what you’re doing throughout the day, but control some of your mobile activities.

These include the playback of music, with volume and next track controls, as well as being able to intercept phone calls and texts, checking them out as you’re moving on the go.

“The Lifeband Touch is designed with the pace and demands of modern life in mind,” said Lambro Skropidis, General Manager of Marketing at LG Australia. “Offering exceptional comfort, functionality and compatibility, it’s perfect for busy professionals and parents who want to be more active but struggle to find the time.

“Given that it’s our first wearable tech product, we’re really excited to be able to share it with Australian consumers.”

It’s similar technology to what many expect in a smart watch, and while LG is producing one of those with Google’s Android Wear, the Lifeband Touch isn’t that device.

Rather, the Lifeband will connect up with either an iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android smartphone and tablet, while Android Wear relies specifically on having an Android device.

Like other fitness bands, though, the Lifeband will link up with other apps, such as MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper, and will even provide some features in LG’s own app.

Pricing for the Lifeband comes in at $199, where it will be available in medium and large first in late-May, with small and extra large bands arriving in July, at stores across the country.